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Occo: a natural success

Ruth Styles

30th March, 2011

Inspired by Croatia’s natural loveliness but made in the UK, Occo’s blend of Balkan beauty know-how and British practicality is one that will do wonders for your skin

Looking at the names of the ranges - Dalmacija No.1, Sipan No.2, Markocija No.5 - you’d be forgiven for thinking that Occo was a Croatian brand, producing its luxe collection of spa moisturisers, bath oils and body lotions in an apothecary in downtown Zagreb. But you’d be wrong because, appelations aside, Occo’s products are all produced in England. The brand wasn’t even founded by a Croat, but by an Englishwoman called Anna Doyle. Nonetheless, with six ranges each bearing the name of a Croatian region, there’s certainly a distinctly Balkan feel to Occo

The Dalmacija [Dalmatia] No.1 skincare range – a capsule collection for the face, which includes everything from cleansers to scrubs and moisturisers – is inspired by Dalmatia’s Adriatic coast and the healing plants and shrubs found in the region. Quite a few of them crop up in the Illuminating Exfoliator, £25, which also includes natural jojoba beads to blitz dead skin cells and anti-oxidant lime seed oil that’s great for brightening and firming lacklustre skin. Other top picks include the utterly fabulous Protecting Lip Balm, £12, which does great things for chapped lips and also imparts a subtle sheen. Based on sage and shea butter, the only downside is the slightly herby taste – fine if you like it, not so good if you don’t. Either way, Occo is one Croatia-inspired spa brand that you don’t want to miss.

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